Earlier this month OnePlus CEO Pete Lau confirmed that OnePlus had been working on their own smartwatch back in 2015, but the company never decided to bring it to market. Now, we know the watch would have featured a circular display, as seen in design sketches from 2015. The image tweeted by co-founder Carl Pei shows roughly what the watch would have looked like as well as describes some of its functionality.
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The design itself is pretty standard more or less, but what’s interesting is the method by which you switch bands. Rather than typical watch bands with a pin to attach, OnePlus would’ve used a removable component on the device to attach the band. We don’t know how OnePlus would have priced the watch or whether or not it would run Android Wear or a proprietary OS. It doesn’t seem to have even reached that state in development.
Lau had previously mentioned that OnePlus had decided to scrap the design because it wanted to focus on smartphones due to the competitive market in China, where OnePlus is based.
In the end it’s probably a good thing that OnePlus didn’t put their attention on a smartwatch since their focused efforts in the smartphone market have certainly paid off, especially with their latest effort, the OnePlus 3.